Category: bruce mau prompts

  • mayBE 2015 preparations. part two.

    Here’s the deal.  I know that you have doubts.  I know there is a voice telling you many things. I hear that little “no” sitting on your shoulder hissing at you. “You have no time for this.” “This is self-indulgent.” “This isn’t a practical use of my time.” “This is child’s play.” “Stop. Where will […]

  • 34. make mistakes faster.

    34. Make mistakes faster. This isn’t my idea — I borrowed it. I think it belongs to Andy Grove. – Bruce Mau, An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth As a homeschooling mom, I experience failure on the regular.  And as a mom in general, I make a ton of mistakes. It’s par for the course. I didn’t […]

  • 41. laugh.

    41. Laugh. People visiting the studio often comment on how much we laugh.  Since I’ve become aware of this, I use it as a barometer of how comfortably we are expressing ourselves. – Bruce Mau, An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth This picture makes me smile.  It captured a very candid moment of laughter.  I love […]

  • 12. keep moving.

    For a reminder of the origin of these prompts and how my writing is inspired by them, read here. 12. Keep moving. The market and its operations have a tendency to reinforce success. Resist it. Allow failure and migration to be part of your practice. -Bruce Mau, An Incomplete Manifesto (I love this prompt.  I hope […]

  • 43. power to the people.

    43. Power to the people. Play can only happen when people feel they have control over their lives. We can’t be free agents if we’re not free. – Bruce Mau, An Incomplete Design Manifesto Before our trip, I had the following conversation with one of my children: Child: “Mama, I don’t know what I want […]

  • 32. listen carefully. part 2.

    In an earlier post, I had talked about listening carefully, prompted by one of the points from Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Design Manifesto: 32. Listen carefully. Every collaborator who enters our orbit brings with him or her a world more strange and complex than any we could ever hope to imagine. By listening to the details and […]

  • 1. allow events to change you.

    1. Allow events to change you. You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them. – An Incomplete Manifesto, Bruce Mau Phew.  We are home and I am […]

  • 32. listen carefully.

    32. Listen carefully. Every collaborator who enters our orbit brings with him or her a world more strange and complex than any we could ever hope to imagine. By listening to the details and the subtlety of their needs, desires, or ambitions, we fold their world onto our own. Neither party will ever be the […]

  • 33. take field trips.

    33. Take field trips. The bandwidth of the world is greater than that of your TV set, or the Internet, or even a totally immersive, interactive, dynamically rendered, object-oriented, real-time, computer graphic– simulated environment. – Bruce Mau, An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth Today marks the return of my Bruce Mau inspirational, exploratory, get-off-your-ass-and-just-go-for-it, prompts. (For previous […]

  • 3: process is more important than outcome.

    A late post…I will keep this prompt going until Dec 22…I think it’s a good one and I have a few posts to say something about this one. 3. Process is more important than outcome. When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we […]